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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)

From: Opal M. (jaqueen001@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Oct 07 2001 - 18:21:01 EDT


I experienced the Socratic method in my Myth and
Romance class at University High School. I think this
method works, of course, with smaller classes and with
students who have a desire to learn the material. I
also think that this method is great with students
because it gives them an opportunity to voice their
opinions. The Myth and Romance students love it
because they have thier own views and ideas about
their texts. The other regular English IV students
don't really participate when we do the Socratic
method. Regardless of how much wait time my
supervising teacher uses, they don't respond. I
cannot understand why, because he asks them opinion
questions. What can I do?!

--- Becky Jenkins <rj63603@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu> wrote:
> I thought that this was a great idea to introduce to
> high school
> students. In my experience in high school, the
> teachers did not have
> the students discuss on thier own, novels that we
> had read. It was only
> until I entered a college literature class that this
> method was revealed
> to me. Needless to say, I was a little lost at
> first, but i did
> eventually catch on. This is a great method to
> teach to students in
> high school becuase not only does it prepare them
> for college but it
> also gives them an opportunity to express thier own
> thoughts and
> opinions with others. Unfortunately there are very
> few classes in high
> school that allow students opinions to be spoken and
> appreciated. This
> gives the students a feeling of appreciation and
> worth with their
> personal opinions. I also feel that becuase the
> students are given so
> much time to dig into the text and come up with
> thier own ideas, and
> discuss thier ideas about the text, that the novel
> becomes more personal
> to the student and they have a deeper connection
> with the novel. I have
> experienced reading a text and not feeling connected
> with it until I
> discussed it with someone else who had read it. I
> see that this will
> happen if students are not allowed to discuss novels
> in class. All in
> all I thought this was an excelent method and
> exercise to do in a high
> school class after reading a novel.
>
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=====
Sincerely,Opal McLean
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